Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopaths combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopaths help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopaths’role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.

Qualified naturopaths undergo years of rigorous training (pathophysiology, physiology, nutrition, diagnostics, pharmacology, research, pharmacology, mind and body medicine and so forth before they become licensed health-care practitioners.

We treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. We are trained in pharmacology and understand about drug contraindications without natural healing agents such as herbal medicines and supplements.

Your first visit
A naturopath will take time with you. During your first appointment, your practitioner will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Naturopaths keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopath will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, you practitioner will refer you to other health-care practitioners.

A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the naturopath. Naturopath’s need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals, gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. We may also use diagnostic tests (from bloods, blood pressure, nervous system, heartbeat, digestive system, thyroid etc) to fully understand your health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem we speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. We don’t  diagnose the way Doctors do, yet, we bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, We work to head it off before it happens.

As a qualified Dietitian, Naturopath and NLP Practitioner I have many tools and experience to provide you with health solutions that meet your individual needs. See About Sheena Hendon

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The Origins of Naturopathy

The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:                 Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to        diagnose and treat;
    Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
  • Prevention: Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

 

Herbs, Phytonutrients and Essential Oils
Sheena recommends health supplements, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals,  therapeutic essential oils  and herbal medicines where necessary. For  repeats contact Sheena and you can pick up or have them delivered.

Herbal Medicine: Herbal Tonics, Herbal Teas, Herbal Creams
Our herbal medicines are prescribed and mixed specifically to an individual’s  needs.

Herbal medicine is the traditional medicine of all cultures and remains the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. Herbal medicine is being increasingly validated as modern science seeks to understand the chemistry of medicinal herbs and to confirm their safety and efficacy in clinical trials.
Herbal medicine is a form of medicine that exclusively  uses  plants and  is the oldest form of  medicine on the planet. It still  used as a primary therapy by over 75 percent of the  world’s population.

It is the forerunner  of modern drug medicine, with many chemical  drugs based on compounds  found in plants. For example, the idea for  aspirin came from the  salicylates found in willow bark, and heart drugs  are still extracted  from the foxglove.
Almost any condition that  patients might see their doctor for can be treated with herbal medicine.  In particular, it is extremely effective for treating chronic disorders such as  arthritis, asthma, skin disorders  and  digestive problems as well as  improving  the functioning of the immune  system,  disorders of the  nervous system and hormonal  complaints.  Herbs can also be  used to assist with acute problems such  as colds, flus and infections.

The  safe and effective use of herbs is best achieved by consulting  with a  medical herbalist who will make up a herb mixture to suit your constitution and who can also look at any medication you’re on and   decide which herbs are compatible, safe suitable.

Practitioner-Only Supplements
Sheena Hendon Health carry a large range of Practitioner-only  products which can only  be prescribed and dispensed by fully qualified  practitioners and which  are not available in standard health stores. These formulations are highly specialised, of high  quality, and formulated according to the latest research and  scientific discovery.

  • Bioceuticals
  • Biocare
  • Phytomedicine
  • MediHerb
  • Thorne
  • Metagenics
  • Eagle
  • Orthoplex
  • MH Enhance
  • and much more